A penguin is found on the coast of New Zealand, at least three thousand kilometers from its natural habitat in Antarctica. The Adélie penguin, renamed by locals as Pingu, was found missing on the coast by Hari Singh, a resident of the area, who said he initially thought it was a “stuffed animal”.
He and his wife saw the penguin as they were cruising after a long day of work on the beach in Bridlings Flat, a settlement south of Christchurch.
“At first I thought it was a stuffed animal, and suddenly it moved its head, so I realized it was real,” Singh told the BBC. He didn’t move for an hour and looked exhausted.” Fearing he’d become a potential target for other shore predators, Singh called Thomas Strack who had been rescuing penguins on New Zealand’s South Island for 10 years, and Pingu was rescued.
Stracke himself was shocked to discover that the penguin was an Adélie, a species that lives exclusively on the Antarctic Peninsula.
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